We can provide your company with lots of fundraising ideas, materials and advice to help make your fundraising enjoyable and rewarding.
Charity of the year
Choosing Retina UK as your charity of the year enables us to work closely with you to identify your charitable objectives, leading to the creation of a bespoke fundraising programme. Our focus will be on the delivery of our mutual goals, working hard throughout the partnership to ensure they are met.
Becoming a corporate sponsor is a great way to promote your brand. Our Annual Conferences and Information Days are attended by many members of our community, their carers and families. In 2019 our first ever Professionals’ Conference for healthcare, social care and education professionals was attended by 180 people.
Payroll Giving is a simple and tax-effective scheme, which allows you to donate to the charity of your choice by a direct deduction from your salary. If your company has a Payroll Giving scheme established the payroll department deducts the amount pledged from your pay. The charity receives your donation, and the tax you would have paid on this amount is added on by the government.
If your company does not have an established Payroll Giving (also known as Give As You Earn) programme then you can sign up individually.
Supporting us with gifts in kind
Donating some of your time and business skills to help us in our work can be hugely beneficial. For example, in 2018 our partners at Network Rail supported our team with the early stages of our rebranding process. Donations of physical items are also welcome, including prizes and experiences for our annual raffle.
We have lots of ideas to engage your employees and can support with ideas and fundraising materials. We also often have places in high-profile events such as the London Marathon and Great North Run, for those looking for a challenge!
Glass Digital’s Bake Off Challenge
A great example of fundraising in the office is Glass Digital’s Bake Off challenge: Each of the bakers brought their entries in over a 10-week period. Everyone made a donation to sample the baked goods, raising £245, which Glass Digital matched to bring the total amount to £490. At the end of the competition, the staff voted for a winner who then got to choose which charity benefited from the money.
Outreach Executive, Bettie Moran, took the crown for her fantastic array of sausage rolls. Bettie said “The Bake Off was a lot of fun, enjoyed by all in the office. It encouraged everyone to come together from different parts of the organisation every Wednesday for Bake Off Day.
Retina UK is a charity close to my heart as it funds medical research and supports people with a range of eye conditions, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Usher syndrome, both of which I have.
“I’ve received boundless support from my colleagues and employers at Glass Digital. They ensure that I’m comfortable, any unique needs are met, that I’m treated as an equal, and that I know their doors are always open should I need further support. Plus, it was so kind of them to match.” You can read more on the
Glass Digital website.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Fiona Leahy, Corporate Partnerships Officer, on 01280 815900, or email fiona.leahy@RetinaUK.org.uk.